WEST POINT — Officials at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) announced today that J. Randy Jackson has been promoted from director to vice president. In Jackson’s new role, he will continue to oversee and lead the Human Resources and Administration Departments.
Since Jackson was hired in early 2007, he has provided tremendous leadership to the KMMG Project. KMMG has achieved many milestones since the start up and has become a strong force in the automotive industry.
During his tenure, the company has had three waves of hiring with more than 2,600 team members coming on board to date. KMMG also launched the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and will begin production of the Kia Optima later this year.
Prior to joining Kia, Jackson was employed by ALCAN Aluminum, Toyota North America and Mercedes Benz USA.
Jackson is a native of Macon, Ga. and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, his master’s degree from Century University and a law degree from UCLA.
Jackson thanked all of the team members at KMMG for their dedication to building a world class, quality product at Kia’s only North American facility.
“The foundation of everything we do at KMMG is built on trust, and the “Kia Way” philosophy,” said Jackson. “People are the heart and soul of this company and everyone works together as one system, one team to make every day better than yesterday.”
He said that the “Kia Way” philosophy maximizes quality, teamwork, continuous improvement and effective two-way communications to support a spirit of challenge to be the ‘best of the best,” and lead by example.
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and is scheduled to begin production in the last quarter of 2009. At full capacity, the plant will have the ability to produce 300,000 vehicles annually and employ approximately 2,500 team members.